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Major in Film--36 hours Reference #667 (BA Degree) revised 8/15/2014 

The major in film provides undergraduates a strong fundamental appreciation for cinema theory and criticism, as well as the practical skills to produce their own films. With the opportunity to complete coursework in a variety of disciplines, including English, broadcasting, theatre, and anthropology, the major features a strong interdisciplinary approach to the subject of cinema.

For prospective students interested in the minor in film studies please visit:  http://www.wku.edu/film-studies/index.php

The major in film (reference number 667) requires a minimum of 36 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses applied to the film major. One-half of the hours in the film major must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students are encouraged to participate in relevant study abroad opportunities. A minor or a second major in another discipline outside the area of mass communication is required. No more than 6 hours in the film major may count toward a student's minor. Refer to the University catalog for more information. http://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/index.php

Curriculum requirements for students declaring a major in film in fall 2014 and thereafter.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Prospective majors may take no more than 15 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:
1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of course work applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5
3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of 'C' or better and 9 additional hours in general education:
4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better: FILM 101 and FILM 201.

Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the Film major and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

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1) CORE COURSES -- 21 hours (Pre-requisites in parentheses)

FILM 101 Basic Film Production [fall]
FILM 155 Film Attendance [0 credit hours] [must be completed four (4) times]
FILM 201 Introduction to the Cinema [Colonnade E-AH | AH]
FILM 250 Screenwriting (FILM 101 and 201; or BCOM 325)
FILM 282 Film Production Workshop (FILM 101 and 201)
BCOM 366 Video Editing, Aesthetics & Techniques (BCOM 266 or both FILM 101 and FILM 201)
FILM 369 Introduction to World Cinema (FILM 201 or permission)
FILM 486 Film Studies Capstone [spring] (Major in film and senior standing.)

2) ELECTIVES -- 15 hours

Students must take five of the following courses, including at least two in the Film Studies category and two in the Film Production category. Other courses may be approved as a restricted elective upon approval of the faculty advisor in the major and the program coordinator.


FILM STUDIES CATEGORY
FILM 366 History of Narrative Film [spring even years] (ENG 100, 200)
FILM 399 Special Topics in Film [May be repeated with change of content]                                              Download the Film Major Brochure
FILM 465 Film Genres [spring] (ENG 100, 200 and either FILM 201 or ENG 365, or permission) [May be taken twice if genres differ]
FILM 466 Film Theory [fall odd years] (FILM 366, ENG 365; FILM 201, or permission of instructor)
FILM 469 Topics in World Cinema (FILM 369)
ENG 309 Documentary Film [spring odd years] (ENG 200 or permission)
ENG 365 Film Adaptation [fall] (ENG 100, 200)
BCOM 481 Problems in Mass Communication [Special Topic: World Cinema/Study Abroad only] (Permission of the instructor)
PS 303 Politics in Film
ANTH 448 Visual Anthropology (Junior level or higher)
FREN 450 Topics in Francophone Cinema (FREN 320 and 321 or permission of instructor.)
GERM 437 German Literature and Film (GERM 314 or equivalent.)
SPAN 490 Hispanic Cinema (SPAN 370 or SPAN 371 plus one other 300-level class)


FILM PRODUCTION CATEGORY
FILM 376 Cinematography (BCOM 366)
FILM 377 Film Sound (BCOM 366)
FILM 378 Film Directing (THEA 101,* FILM 250 and BCOM 366)[*PERF 101 may be substituted for THEA 101, see advisor]
FILM 379 Producing for Film (FILM 250 and BCOM 366)
FILM 450 Feature Screenwriting (FILM 250)
FILM 482 Advanced Film Production Workshop (FILM 376, 377, 378 and 379)
BCOM 378 Film Animation [fall only]
BCOM 480 Advanced Post Production (BCOM 366)
PERF 101 Acting
THEA/BCOM 303 Acting for the Camera

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Students entering the University prior to fall 2014 should continue to follow their published program of study for his/her catalog year and should consult with his/her academic advisor in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting about any course deletions that may affect them. To find your undergraduate catalog go to http://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/.

 

Major in Film--36 hours Reference #667 (BA Degree) Catalog year fall 2013

Curriculum requirements for students declaring a major in film in fall 2013.

The major in film (reference number 667) requires a minimum of 36 credit hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The major is composed of required courses in both film production and film theory and appreciation, culminating in a 3-credit senior seminar. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses applied to the film major. One-half of the hours in the film major must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students are encouraged to participate in relevant study abroad opportunities.

A minor or a second major in another discipline outside the area of mass communication is required. No more than 6 hours in the film major may count toward a student’s minor.  Refer to the University catalog for more information.

http://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/

1) Core (24 hours)

Required courses: (Pre-requisites in parentheses)

FILM 201/BCOM 271 Introduction to the Cinema

THEA 101   Acting I

*BCOM 350  Scriptwriting for Film & Television (FILM 201/BCOM 271 or BCOM 325)

BCOM 366  Video Editing, Aesthetics & Techniques  (BCOM 266 or FILM 201 or permission)

BCOM 367  Field Production (spring) (BCOM 366)

*BCOM 376  Film Production for Television (fall) (BCOM 367)

FILM 482     Film Production Workshop (FILM 201) (482 may be repeated)

FILM 486    Film Studies Capstone (spring only) (major in film and senior standing)

*This course has been deleted from inventory; consult your academic advisor for a substitution.

2) Electives (12 hours)

Students must take four of the following courses, including at least two in the world cinema category and one in the genres & theory category. Other courses may be approved as a restricted elective upon approval of the faculty advisor in the major and the program coordinator.

*Note: ENG 200 Literature is a pre-requisite to many of the required and elective ENG courses in the major.

Genres & Theory

ANTH 448  Visual Anthropology (Junior level or higher)

BCOM 378 Film Animation (fall)

ENG 309    Documentary Film (fall odd years) (ENG 200 or permission)

ENG 365    Film Adaptation (fall) (ENG 200)

ENG/FILM 465    Film Genres (spring) (ENG 200 and either FILM 201 or ENG 365)

ENG/FILM 466    Film Theory (fall odd years) (ENG 366, 365; FILM 201, or permission of instructor)

FILM 399    Special Topics in Film (Genre and theory topics) (may be repeated in different topics)

World Cinema

BCOM 481 Problems in Mass Communication [Special Topic: World Cinema /Study Abroad]

ENG/FILM 366    History of Narrative Film (spring even years) (ENG 200)

*ENG 368    Japanese Cinema in Translation (ENG 200)  *(course suspended 2012)

FILM 369    World Cinema (FILM 201 or permission)

FILM 399    Special Topics in Film -- International Cinema Topic

FREN 450  Topics in Francophone Cinema (ENG 200)

GERM 437 German Literature and Film (GERM 314 or equivalent)

PS 303        Politics and Film

SPAN 490   Hispanic Cinema (SPAN 370 or SPAN 371 plus one other 300-level class)

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